By David Rapp Sep 15, 2011
Goodreads, the largest social networking site for readers, launched its new recommendation engine today, which draws on ratings made by its nearly six million members on the 190 million books in its database.
In March 2011, Goodreads bought the smaller site Discovereads to obtain its recommendation algorithm, which forms the basis of Goodreads' recommendation engine. The system appears similar to those on sites such as the DVD rental giant Netflix or book retailer Amazon. Books are recommended for site members, based on star ratings and user-generated genre categorizations. New users are asked to rate a series of popular books to generate recommendations immediately (pictured).
Otis Chandler, CEO of Goodreads, told LJthat "down the road, we want to be doing a lot more with this algorithm," including suggesting books for Goodreads-based book clubs, as well as recommending book clubs for members to join.